PHOTO CREDIT ALL PICTURES MARGOT JORDAN © 2013
SistaFriendz Stellar Women of Gospel l-r:
Demetrus Stewart, Consultant to PureSprings Gospel; Melanie Pratt, Radio Personality & Founder and CEO, gospelflava.com; Dianna Hobbs, President and CEO of EEW Magazine; Treiva Williams, CEO, Right Hand Elite, Inc. & Executive Administrator, A Song for Mary Mary, Inc.; Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations; Jojo Pada, Founder and President, IGNITION PR (In front) Photo Credit: Margot Jordan
Mitchell Solarek (Manager Mary Mary), Toya Beasley, and Elroy Smith
Gospel artist Jonathan McReynolds of Chicago
Sean Pennington and James Robinson
CeCe Winans, Dorinda Clark Cole and honoree Demetrus Stewart
Honoree Erma Franklin and accepts her award from SisterFriendz Founder and CEO Toya Beasley
Elroy Smith and Veda Nash
Gospel Singer Patrick Dopson
1370 Catherine Brewton accepts her award
Pastor Kiwanis Hockett gives the invocation
Treiva Williams accepts her SistaFriendz Stellar Award
1516 Toya Beasley with Pastor Taffi Dollar of World Changers Church International (Atlanta)
Gospel singer Brian Courtney Wilson
Gospel singer Jonathan Nelson
Katrina Beasley and Goo Goo Atkins
Neily Dickerson enjoys the morning program
Jessica Reedy presents the SistaFriendz Stellar Awards to Dianna Hobbs
It takes more than soul-stirring songs from today’s leading artists to carry the music and message of the Gospel to the masses, so a new Stellar Awards weekend event is casting a long overdue light on exceptional women who are un-sung heroes in the gospel music industry.
On Saturday, January 19, 2013, at 9:00 a.m., SistaFriendz(TM) will hold its 1st Annual SistaFriendz Stellar Women of Gospel(TM) Awards. This invitation only event will take place at the legendary Gaylord Springs Clubhouse and Pavilion in Nashville, Tennessee. Hosted by Toya Beasley, media personality, consultant and CEO of SistaFriendz, this unique event celebrates the contributions of female professionals who work “behind-the-scenes” for the benefit of gospel music artists and the industry as a whole.
“While Gospel artists enjoy incredible exposure and success, there is a side of the music industry that fans rarely see — the many people in executive, decision-making and critical support roles who help make it all possible,” explains Ms. Beasley. “Many people don’t realize that it takes dozens of professionals to put just one album in the hands of a consumer; we are excited to acknowledge and celebrate the women who may be out of public view but work tirelessly nonetheless to help artists bring gospel music to the world.”
The inaugural SistaFriendz Stellar Women of Gospel honorees are: Catherine Brewton, BMI Vice President of Writer/Publisher Relations; Dianna Hobbs, President and CEO of EEW Magazine; Jojo Pada, Founder and President, IGNITION PR; Melanie Pratt, Radio Personality & Founder and CEO, gospelflava.com; Demetrus Stewart, Consultant to PureSprings Gospel; and Treiva Williams, CEO, Right Hand Elite, Inc. & Executive Administrator, A Song for Mary Mary, Inc.
Don Jackson, Chairman and Executive Producer of the Stellar Awards, said, “At the Stellar Awards, we recognize those who make significant contributions to the Gospel Industry, so it was a natural fit to partner with the SistaFriendz organization to present this Stellar group of women with the honor they deserve during our Stellar Awards weekend.”